Meet Steve Gates, our Area Sales Manager for New Jersey and Delaware. Steve is the one working with wholesalers to ensure they order enough beer so that the beer doesn’t go out of stock. He also works with retailers to make sure they have a variety of Victory for you to buy at a location convenient to you.
Q: How long have you worked here at Victory?
A: It’ll be two years in November.
Q: What is the coolest thing about your job? And the worst?
A: The best is that I get to go to different places every day and talk to a lot of different people. Every day is something new. I’m not pinned down to an office (other than my car) for any long period of time. The worst is how much time I spend on the road or in traffic. I can spend four to six hours in my car on any day.
Q: What was the worst job you ever had?
A: An all-purpose kitchen helper at a fried seafood shack on the boardwalk at Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. They would keep all of the food scraps in 50-gallon metal drums and sell it to a hog farmer. Once every week, the farmer would come to collect the food remnants and I’d have to help lift the drums of filth, garbage and rotting food. I did it twice before I quit. Yah, it was bad.
Q: Tell me something about yourself that no one would know just by looking at you.
A: I’m fluent in Spanish. My Spanish-speaking voice sounds like the newscaster on Channel 41, Univision.
Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Why?
A: A horse. Because they’re awesome. Majestic, flowing manes, rippling muscles… What’s not to love? My mom told me I could be anything I wanted to be and I said I wanted to be a horse.
Q: What do you miss most about being a kid?
A: Other than thinking one day I could be a horse? Just playing in the dirt for hours and not feeling like I needed anything else to be happy in life.
Q: If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
A: I’m too busy thinking about Headwaters Pale Ale to worry about something I missed.
Q: Finish this sentence: Beer is…
Q: What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
A: It’s probably something from Queens of the Stone Age or Radiohead.
Q: What is your favorite line to quote from a movie?
A: “Dude, where’s my car? Where’s your car dude?”
Q: If you knew the world was ending in 2012, what would you do differently?
A: I’d spend more time with family and friends and less time worrying about things that are trivial in the long run, like mortgages, taxes and bills.
Q: Which celebrity do people tell you that you resemble?
A: Ryan Reynolds with a beer gut.